Twitch Plays Pokemon – Anarchy or Democracy?

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5 days into Twitch’s “social experiment”, the creator of the TwitchPlaysPokemon stream came up with a new idea – to vote between a system of “anarchy” or “democracy”:

“TwitchPlaysPokemon now has two modes, anarchy and democracy.

Anarchy mode is the “old” mode, where everyone’s inputs are applied immediately.

Democracy mode is vote-based and has a more sophisticated input system.

In order to switch from one mode to the other, the mode that isn’t active needs 75% of votes as indicated by the dotted line, the current percentage of votes is indicated by the black line.

In democracy mode you can compile a sequence of inputs. left2 will move left twice, left2down2 will move left twice and down twice.”

Personally, I don’t know which I want more – while democracy will definitely help with progressing through the game, let’s be honest, “anarchy mode” has been hilarious, and the simplicity of it is what makes it genius. It does make the game a bit dull at times, and frustrating for those who have actually stuck around to help “play” the game. I mean, I haven’t been watching the stream too closely, but I think we have been in Celadon City for at least a full day now (and Helix knows how many hours were spent in that Rocket HQ maze).

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Still, after five days I’m really interested in seeing something new – the vote does seem to be leaning towards democracy, so I think we’ll be seeing a new system soon enough.

What about you?Would you like to see more anarchy or are you interested in the democracy mode as well?

Update (5d 19h 54m): Aand the scales have shifted back in the favor of anarchy.


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